The Industrial Internet brings together the advances of two transformative revolutions: the myriad machines, facilities, fleets and networks that arose from the Industrial Revolution, and the more recent powerful advances in computing, information and communication systems brought to the fore by the Internet Revolution. These are the conclusions reached in a recent white paper from GE, Industrial Internet: Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines.
GE defines the Industrial Internet by three major elements:
Intelligent Machines: New ways of connecting the word’s myriad of machines, facilities, fleets and networks with advanced sensors, controls and software applications.
Advanced Analytics: Harnessing the power of physics-based analytics, predictive algorithms, automation and deep domain expertise in material science, electrical engineering and other key disciplines required to understand how machines and larger systems operate.
People at Work: Connecting people, whether they be at work in industrial facilities, offices, hospitals or on the move, at any time to support more intelligent design, operations, maintenance as well as higher quality service and safety.